President Barack Obama said Tuesday that he is confident a Democrat will succeed him as commander-in-chief in the next election.
Obama made the comments during a news conference in Paris. A reporter asked the President if he was concerned having a Republican in the White House could hinder the country’s ability to make progress on climate change.
“Just with the respect to my successor — let me first of all say that I’m anticipating a Democrat succeeding me,” Obama replied to laughter. “I’m confident in the wisdom of the American people on that front.”
Obama added that climate change was an issue that many world leaders have started taking “really seriously.”
“I think the President of the United States is going to need to think this is really important,” he said. “And that’s why it’s important for us to not project what’s being said on a campaign trail, but to do what’s right and make the case.”
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